Namibia wins Easter tournament

2011-04-26 07:15

Namibia became the first country to win the Metropolitan Premier Cup when Komesho Academy clinched the traditional Under-19 Easter tournament.

The south west Africans beat a local side, ASD Cape Town, 3-2 in a thrilling encounter that attracted a capacity crowd yesterday.Komesho, which comprised mainly of the Namibian Under-20 team that bundled South Africa out of the Cosafa Cup last year, were 2-0 up before half-time.

They humbled Stars of Africa Academy 1-0 in the semifinals.

The hosts, under the guidance of former Premiership players Douglas Williams and John Goodwin, made the score respectable in the second half.

Ironically, the man at the helm of the Namibians’ coaching seat was Ricardo Manetti, who spent many years in the Mother City as a striker for Santos.

For their efforts, Manetti’s side won R30 000 while ASD scooped all individual awards on offer – player of the series, super striker and coach of the tournament.

They beat Ajax Cape in a tense local derby in the semifinals played in the morning.

Meanwhile, tournament ambassador Sibusiso Zuma of Vasco da Gama was also among the spectators that included familiar faces such Muhsin Etrugral, the former Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper.

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